Good Questions: What Bold Color Should I Paint This Piano?

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AT reader, Brian, recently was given a free piano by friends who didn't use it anymore. While he is excited about the the function of the piano, he's not so excited about the brown color and would love some ideas for freshening up this dated piece.

"What color should we paint our piano? We were saving up for a piano when a friend gave us this one for free. Fantastic, but the color is very blah. That in-between brown color, not dark nor light. So seeing as it’s no Steinway, and it’ll be a learner piano for myself and our two small kids, we thought we would paint it. We are open – very open – to a bold, maybe even an unexpected color for this piano. The room has dark brown wood floors, cream wainscoting and light mocha walls. Thanks for any advice!"

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  • We were thinking that Brian could pull a color from one of the plates in the gallery that he has hanging on his wall. We like paint colors Exotic Red, Desert Sunset Orange or the more neutral Pewter Gray. (via Benjamin Moore). All of these would look great against the dark wood floors and the blue chairs.
  • Check out the contestants in the 2008 Fall Colors contest or some Los Angeles house tours for bright color inspiration. Stephanie & Bob's SilverRidge Sanctuary is a great one to start with. (We love their kitchen!)
  • Definitely do some research on the best ways to choose a paint color. While most of these ideas are for interior walls, you can pick up some tips and tricks for painting objects and furniture too.
  • Although Brian is looking to go bold and paint a bright color, we also want to suggest doing a nice wax to the wood to restore the original look and feel and really make it shine.

OK, AT readers, let's give Brian's some color ideas for his piano makeover.

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